Scotland’s renewables industry calls for additional Scottish powers over energy policy

All Energy wind turbine nacelleThe trade association which represents Scotland’s renewables industry has called on both the Scottish and UK Governments to work together to further accelerate the development of renewables in Scotland following Scotland’s  historic Independence Referendum last week. 

However, neither Renewables UK nor the Renewable Energy Association – both based in London –  have made any comment on Scotland’s independence referendum.

A spokesman for the Scottish trade association said today: “Now we have the result of the referendum it is important that both governments return to working together to meet the incredibly important challenges facing our country – such as tackling climate change and growing the economy.

“The current balance of powers between Westminster and Holyrood has served the renewables industry incredibly well to date – with the sector now generating almost half of Scotland’s electricity demand, employing more than 11,500 people – and displacing millions of tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

“But harder challenges lie ahead as we seek to reach the country’s target of generating the equivalent of all the power we consume by 2020.

 “That is why we are calling for a new joint Scottish and UK Government energy policy that balances the interests of Scotland within a single GB energy market; a more open and accountable energy regulator; our islands connected up to the grid and coordinated investment by the UK and Scottish Governments to support our flourishing marine energy sector.”

Key asks include:

  •   Joint Scottish and UK Government energy policy
  •   A more open and accountable energy regulator
  •   Commitment to island grid connections
  •   Coordination of support for Scotland’s world-leading marine energy sector from both UK and Scottish Governments 

 

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